Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus

My Fresh Basil Hummus recipe is a vibrant version of the traditional Middle Eastern bean dip, infused with lots of leafy green basil. This vegan appetizer is super healthy, and really delicious served with warm pita bread.

Fresh Summer Basil Hummus 4

hummus is so fantastic that sometimes it feels like a sacrilege to mess with it.

And I already have so many great variations on the blog. But this was such a hit with everyone who tried it that I have to share. To be honest I surprised myself with this one. We bought basil hummus from our favorite Middle Eastern stand at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t impressed. It had sort of a ‘canned’ flavor, not good.

Fresh Summer Basil Hummus

you won’t find basil hummus in the supermarket

Once again, just making something yourself at home can make such a difference…two big fistfuls of beautiful fresh basil and a shot of lemon and I’ve got something so much better than anything I’ve ever bought, or ordered. The basil comes through with a really fresh clean flavor, and it reminds me of the huge difference between homemade and store bought pesto.

Fresh Summer Basil Hummus with Pita Chips

we ate our hummus with Grant’s signature seasoned baked pita chips

He doesn’t make many things in the kitchen, but these are a family favorite, and we all fight over them. He usually seasons his chips with just onion salt, but I added  za’atar, a Middle Eastern herb blend that you may be able to find at your store. You can also buy it online, or make it a good substitute yourself by grinding dried thyme, sumac, salt and sesame seeds together. 101 Cookbooks has a good recipe, here. You can substitute dried thyme or oregano in a pinch.

“I just made this and let me tell you something THIS IS THE BEST DAMN HUMMUS RECIPE I HAVE EVER MADE I make a lot of hummus too, Cheers to you and this recipe!”


Fresh Basil Hummus
4.05 from 42 votes

Fresh Basil Hummus

Fresh Basil Hummus is a vibrant hummus infused with lots of leafy green basil.  It's gorgeous, super healthy, and delicious served with warm pita bread. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 134kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 15 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 garlic clove
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Seasoned pita chips

  • pita bread
  • olive oil
  • Za’atar
  • onion salt
  • sesame seeds


  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put them in the bowl of a food processor along with the smashed garlic clove. Process the chickpeas for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. I like to process the beans first to get them as smooth as possible.
  • Add the tahini and lemon to the puree and process briefly to combine. Then add the basil, and process for another couple of minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. You want it to be really smooth.
  • Wile the machine is running, drizzle in some ice water to loosen the hummus. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Spread the hummus out into a shallow bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of za’atar, sumac, or paprika, and a lemon wedge.
  • To make the pita chips, set the oven to 350F.
  • Cut the pita bread in small triangles and arrange on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with onion salt, z’aatar, and sesame seeds.
  • Bake for just a few minutes, watching carefully, until the bread it browned. Flip the triangles and bake for a few more minutes, but watch carefully. If you want them extra crispy, brush the second side with olive oil as well.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 336IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    July 2, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Hello. Does this recipe hold for a few days? We’re going on a camping trip and I was thinking about making the basil hummus to bring for wraps. My concern is the basil turning black from being in the fridge.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 2, 2022 at 6:04 pm

      Hummus definitely lasts, and the only question is the basil. Don’t forget the lemon juice, which will help keep the basil fresh. I would make it up to a day or so ahead.

      • Reply
        July 5, 2022 at 1:46 pm

        Thank you Sue!

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    June 6, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely, mind blowingly delicious recipe. I love hummus and I had a ton of basil so I thought has anyone combined the two and I found this recipe. All I can say is AMAZE BALLS!

  • Reply
    September 14, 2020 at 8:30 am

    5 stars
    I made this for a Mediterranean vegetable sandwich, which worked beautifully, but I have quite a bit left over and I’m wondering if you think it would work well with a mushroom pasta? Or a chicken pasta? Or a mushroom & chicken pasta? 🙂

    • Reply
      September 14, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Interesting, I’ve never combined hummus with pasta, ever! Let me know if you experiment 🙂

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